|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Heir presumptive to the Throne (former)|
|Years of Service|
|Died||249 HE (executed)|
|Noble House||Conté family|
|Ancestors|| King Baird III (indirect)|
King Jonathan I
|Siblings||King Roger III|
|Descendants|| Alan of Trebond|
Alanna the Lioness
Thom of Trebond
Thom of Pirate's Swoop
Alan of Pirate's Swoop
|Other Family|| Prince Gareth (nephew)|
Lionel of Trebond (son-in-law)
|Residence||Tortallan Royal Palace|
|Tortallan Universe character|
Baird of Conté (pronounced BAYRd of kohn-TAY) was a prince of Tortall in the 3rd century HE and a member of House Conté, the royal family. He was the younger brother of King Roger III. He had several daughters, the oldest of whom was married to Lionel of Trebond. Before the birth of Prince Gareth, Prince Baird was his brother's heir presumptive.
Although Gershom of Haryse said that Prince Baird was only interested in vices, it seemed that in reality Baird was inclined to quietly ruling the country through his brother while maintaining an outward and public disposition toward vices. He was very happy that he was his brother's heir and he used his noble contacts in order to rule the country while his brother was off doing his own things, namely being unfaithful to his wife. Prince Baird oversaw the Privy Council and Council of Nobles, and heavily overtaxed the merchants and poorer classes.
This changed when King Roger married Princess Jessamine of Barzun, a beautiful woman who was also interested in politics. She sparked her new husband's interest in ruling the country and was the main reason as to why King Roger became so involved in politics, much to Prince Baird's chagrin. To add insult to injury, Jessamine gave birth to a son, Prince Gareth, officially displacing Prince Baird as King Roger's heir. He had to feign a cheerful outlook on his nephew's birth, and gave him a gold rattle that was later destroyed in a fire after Prince Gareth was kidnapped.
In 249 HE Prince Baird led a conspiracy to overthrow his elder brother. He worked in concert with Dewin of Queensgrace, a count; his wife Lady Aeldra; Graeme, Baron of Aspen Vale; the baron's younger brother Elyot of Aspen Vale; Thanen of Halleburn; and others. They had people kidnap Prince Gareth in order to sell him into slavery. For a while, the prince was kept right under Beka Cooper's nose. They also managed to recruit Matthias Tunstall.
The plans were stopped by Sabine of Macayhill and Beka Cooper and Prince Baird was beheaded for his treason in 249 HE.
Personality and traits
This was later shown to be false, as it was all seemingly just a façade.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Discrepancy: In Bloodhound, he is mentioned to have several daughters of marriageable age (and one is even married to Lionel of Trebond)—September 23, 247 II (p. 519; Random House hardcover). In Mastiff, he is mentioned to be childless (pg. 92; Sat June 9, 249; Random House ebook)
- ↑ Bloodhound, September 23, 247 II (p. 519; Random House hardcover)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Bloodhound, September 13, 247 (p. 156; Random House hardcover)
- ↑ Mastiff, Sat June 9 (Random House ebook)
- ↑ Mastiff, Chapter: Sat June 4 (pg. 89; Random House ebook)